Little Miss Sunshine is Alive and Well

(originally posted at my blog, Just got back from spending almost my entire weekend at a dance convention in a nearby suburban hotel. My older daughter has been taking dance lessons since she was three (she's now 14), and attending dance conventions with her dance studio has been an annual ritual for awhile. ...more

Have You Heard Of "Sexting"?

I had never heard of the word.  I'm sure it is not in my  Webster's Dictionary, but most likely will make its way there soon.  "Sexting" is the latest teen craze.  Children are taking nude photos of themselves and texting them to other children!   ...more

OMG, yr kds r going 2 b OK!

I think many parents are only just starting to realize how often teens and even younger kids use text messaging to communicate. ...more

Should Moms Dress Like Their Teen-agers?

I once bought jeans at Limited, Too.  For myself! ...more

It Is Good To Have Fun

Today is Theodore Geisel’s (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday. When Wally and the Snapper were little, I read a lot of Dr. Seuss to them.  Being the good mother that I am, I frequently subverted the text.   ...more

Ahead of the Curve, Behind the Times

I have worked in the field of technology for about 25 years but I still don’t know how to program my cell phone.  I explained it to a client one time, saying, “I’m a practitioner of philosophical technology”—meaning I can talk about it without actually doing anything about it.  ...more

From Play Dates to First Date

My son Jaden and his friend Ayanna have been friends with each other since they were 5 years old, and now they’re both 9. A few days ago, Jaden came home from school and told me that he caught Ayanna kissing another classmate.  All I could think to myself was, “Oh boy, here we go”. A 9 year old 4th grader kissing? What is the world coming to? ...more

my 6 year old has a girl in his class he says he is going to marry.  He asked if they could have ...more

In Which My Husband Greets My Daughter's Future Boyfriend at the Door with a Gun

I started dating early. I've been on birth control since I was a teenager.  I've forgotten the names of half the people I've dated, but there were many, and it was lovely. I've never regretted my dating history. I have no real qualms about my daughter dating someday. I'm a little worried about my husband. ...more

Your reaction and Nelle's reaction make me think this should've been broken into two separate ...more

Girls Gone Wild Getting Dissed

Who's most likely to become depressed in adolescence? A. Young girls who exhibit depressionB. Young girls who exhibit anti-social behaviorC. Young girls who exhibit anxiety ...more

Study warns about giving Ritalin to preschoolers   Highlights: not recommended for children under 6 While there are some benefits for children with severe ADHD, preschoolers are more likely than older children to develop side effects. About 40% developed side effects! That's really high! ...more